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19. Gary Webb's brand of Investigative Journalism
is as dead as he is. Every American should know this story.
http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/start.htm


http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance /




By Dan Feder
Special to The Narco News Bulletin

June 23, 2005

Click here to go straight to the restored Dark Alliance website.

For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found.

This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombias cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the crack capital of the world.
From the introduction to the original Dark Alliance website, August, 1996


The Dark Alliance logo. Jerry Ceppos called it too suggestive.
The investigative journalism series that started it all that changed (or at least, at long last, confirmed) the way all of us think about the war on drugs, the CIA, and U.S. policy toward Latin America has had a troubled life on the Internet.

In August 1996, Gary Webb began publishing the results of a yearlong investigation that traced the money fueling the horrific U.S.-backed contra war against Nicaragua to the profits from Los Angeles 1980s crack epidemic. The CIA led its contra army to spend the entire decade terrorizing the Nicaraguan people and their Sandinista government, happily allowing the contras to flood Los Angeles and other North American cities with cocaine to fund their efforts. Gary provided extensively documented evidence that while poor communities in L.A. paid the price of the crack explosion from rampant addiction in their neighborhoods to oppressive law enforcement and jailing with Reagans stepped-up war on drugs the United States government protected the men moving a great deal of the drugs coming into the city. Local dealers faced life sentences while the bigtime narcos from Washington to Managua went free.

What came next is well known. Garys story, and the website he and the San Jose Mercury News created to showcase and expand upon it, were initially the talk of the global village. Politicians cited the article in both Sacramento and Washington. The CIA launched an internal investigation. Millions of people were visiting the website.

But then the backlash came. The L.A. Times, embarrassed at having missed a major story on its own turf, and the New York Times, happy to follow its colleagues lead in squashing a story that didnt fit with its own narrative, wielded their mercenary pens against him. Rather than follow up on his exhaustive research, the attack dogs on both coasts pulled his work apart and attacked him for things he hadnt even said. Although the CIAs internal investigation would later confirm many of Garys own claims, the paper retracted the story and marginalized Gary to the point where he was forced to quit.
Photo: D.R. 2003 Jeremy Bigwood

Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/
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